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May 2014

Everybody Dance!

One of the highlights of spring is all the world seems to dance. Did you know that Arkansas's official American folk dance is the Square Dance? May brings us dance television programming from AETN, courses from ArkansasIDEAS including dance, and AETN PBS LearningMedia offers dance themes for the month. And, just in time for spring the ArkansasIDEAS website is getting a new look. Take advantage of these offerings and more this month, and get out and dance.

News from ArkansasIDEAS

New Look and Login Coming Soon from ArkansasIDEAS!

Watch for the fresh new look from ArkansasIDEAS with an easy to navigate and more informative website. Thoughtfully designed and engineered to provide a user-friendly experience, the website offers a suite of services for Arkansas educators.

Join us for Disciplinary Literacy Professional Development

Please join our live studio audience in dynamic professional development sessions that focus on Disciplinary Literacy.

How to Register: Click on the link associated with each event. It will direct you to My Events in your ArkansasIDEAS account. Before registering for an event, please scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, and click in the box beside "Check here to confirm your location, address, email, and phone number are current and correct." Once you've done that, then click on "Register."

Note: You must register for each event separately using the link provided, including two-day presentations by the same speaker.

For questions on how to sign up for these events, please email ideas@aetn.org, or call 1-800-488-6689.

Dr. Timothy Shanahan
June 3 - Disciplinary Literacy Overview; co-presenting with Cynthia Shanahan June 4

Cynthia Shanahan
June 4 - Disciplinary Literacy Big Shifts in Social Studies grades 7-12; co-presenting with Dr. Timothy Shanahan June 3

Diane Lapp
June 16 - Disciplinary Literacy Text Complexity and Text Dependent Questions in ELA grades 4-8

Diane Lapp
June 17 - Disciplinary Literacy Text Complexity and Text Dependent Questions in Social Studies grades 4-8

Doug Buehl
June 24 - Disciplinary Literacy Close Reading for ELA, Social Studies, and Science and Technical Subjects in grades 4-8 and 7-12

Annenberg Media: The Arts in Every Classroom: A Video Library, K-5 - Session 3: Teaching Dance (0.5)
Two teachers with contrasting training and approaches to teaching bring rich dance experiences to students at their arts–based schools. Kathy DeJean, the dance specialist at Lusher Alternative Elementary School in New Orleans, promotes inquiry and self-expression in a multi-grade dance class. Scott Pivnik, a former physical education teacher at P.S. 156 (The Waverly School of the Arts) in Brooklyn, New York, uses African dance as a gateway to geography, writing, and personal growth for a class of second graders.

Annenberg Media: The Art of Teaching the Arts: A Workshop for High School Teachers - Workshop 2: Developing Students as Artists (1.5)
In this session, participants explore how arts teachers help students develop knowledge and fundamental skills while weaving in opportunities for creativity and independence. In the video program, a dance teacher gives senior students leadership responsibilities and coaches them in their choreography projects. Then, a theatre teacher mentors stagecraft students who are responsible for the technical aspects of a dance concert. In an intermediate visual arts course, a teacher builds on students' prior learning in a foundation course. Finally, a vocal music teacher works with two classes: students learning to read music and an advanced jazz ensemble.

Annenberg Media: The Arts in Every Classroom - Workshop 3: Historical References in the Arts (2)
This program explores the concept of historical context. How do artistic and historical references inform and influence our understanding of works of art? Using visual and dance elements, Learner Teams and students recognize the use of historical references in Quidam, use costumes to investigate the ways that historical references can affect a work of art, study a painting by Rene' Magritte and choreography by Alwin Nikolaisto see their influence on the creators of Quidam, and take on the role of art historian to discover how art history is being made today.

AETN Programs

Friday, May 2
8 p.m. - "Pennsylvania Ballet at 50"
Celebrate Pennsylvania Ballet's 50th anniversary with performances and interviews.

Saturday, May 31
8 p.m. - "'50s & '60s Party Songs (My Music)"
Celebrate the golden era of rock 'n' roll dance music. Chubby Checker hosts this first-ever "My Music" special on the golden era of rock 'n' roll dance music for kids of all ages. From the Eisenhower era explosion of Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis, to the 1960s cultural phenomenon of "The Twist," to the youthful frat-rock sounds of the Kinks, this is a good-time celebration of classic party music that has spanned generations.

News from AETN PBS LearningMedia

This Week's Content Theme: Shake It Up! Learning Through Dance
This week we really shake things up - literally - with our content theme: Shake It Up! Learning Through Dance, featuring resources that support arts-based curriculum and STEAM education.

New Content from WHYY Brings the Magic of Ballet into the Classroom
Calling all dance enthusiasts! Philadelphia station WHYY's "Pennsylvania Ballet at 50" airs nationally on several PBS stations this Friday, May 2, at 9 p.m. Aligning perfectly with our Shake It Up! Learning Through Dance content theme, this hour-long tribute to the Pennsylvania Ballet features a collection of signature ballets from the Company's 50th anniversary celebration performance, and we have some beautiful content directly from the special LIVE on AETN PBS LearningMedia. See it here first!

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